Troopships and the Regiment

The 70th Regiment return from New Zealand (NZ)

The 70th Regiment was the first regiment sent from India to the relief of the NZ colonists. It embarked for NZ on the 22nd February 1861, and landed in Auckland on the 13th May, under command of Colonels Galloway and Chute. Cholera had unfortunately broken out during the voyage and 31 deaths had occured (26 men, 4 women and 1 child) all from that disease. On their arrival the 70th were sent to make the military road to the Waikato until 4th June 1862. On 3rd November 1861, 100 rank and file, under command of Major Ryan, proceeded to Otago. They remained in Otago until June 1863. and then rejoined the headquarters at Taranaki. They were at the action at Katikari on 10th June 1863 under General Sir Duncan A Cameron, K.C.B.

Extract from the Southern Cross newspaper, New Zealand 1866.

The headquarters division of the 70th Regiment embarked on board the ship Ida Zeigler, 868 tons, Captain Reynolds yesterday for transport to England. Companies, A, B, D, E and G, which compose this division, marched in from Otahubu, yesterday arriving in Auckland shortly after noon, and after passing through the barracks proceeded to the wharf. Colonel Gamble, CB Deputy-Quartermaster-General, acted as embarking officer. Colonel Mould, RE, was also present. The men were taken to the vessel in Captain Casey’s boats. 307 rank and file embarked, including invalids, and 40 women and children. There were a large number of people on the wharf to witness the embarkation. The remaining companies of the 70th are to be conveyed in the Siam and will march in from Otahuhu in a few days. The Ida Zeigler will probably take her departure on Thursday.

The following names of the officers proceeding to England in the Ida Zeigler.

Colonel T E Mulock, CB.


Lieutenant H F Greatwood

Captain H J Hill


Ensign L Hornby

Captain H Leake


Paymaster Thomson

Lieutenant and Adjutant W S F Fenneran


Quartermaster Nevell

Lieutenant C R Tylden


Major Strange of the 14th Regiment

Lieutenant R S Green


Major Turner of the 65th Regiment

Southern Cross Saturday 6th January 1866.

The chartered troop transport ship Siam, Captain Ashby, embarked the balance of HM 70th Regiment, under orders for England, yesterday afternoon, and will take her departure from these waters this afternoon or early tomorrow morning.  She clears at the Customs this morning, with 100 tons kauri gum, 500 bales wool, 100 tons Commissariat goods and the following passengers:

Major Greaves Brevet (in command)

Captains Tighe and Roger

Lieutenants Huskisson, Collins, Cuppage and Howard

Ensigns Leonard and Travers

Assistant-Surgeon Hesson

11 sergeants

15 women

21 children

The Siam will be finally inspected this morning at 11 o’clock by Captain Spain, RN, Resident Transport Officer at this port, after which she will drop down the harbour, ready to take her departure. Nearly 500 souls on board.

Movements of the 31st and 70th Regiments

The 31st moved from Kilkenny, embarked at Queenstown on 1st June 1867 and arrived in Malta on the 22nd June. On the 28th February 1873 the 31st embarked on HMT Jumna for Gibraltar and on arrival took up quarters in Buena Vista Barracks.

The 2nd East Surreys moved from India, Bombay to Suez on the Himalaya. The battalion disembarked at Suez on 26th September 1884 and moved to Cairo. The woman and children of the regiment continued home to England on the transport Himalaya.


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